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A New Approach for the Next Generation

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Aaron Schumacher of Tufts University notes the sharp disconnect between what is being taught and what should be taught about Latin America at U.S. universities. Many undergraduates possess little knowledge of issues such as energy security and sustainable development.
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Financial Inclusiveness in Our Hemisphere

Friday, September 7, 2007

Carl Cira, Director of the Florida International University Summit of the Americas Center, and Francisco Prior Sanz, Director of the Center’s Financial Inclusiveness Program, outline five ways to improve access to financial services. Their recent research focuses on lower income populations and remittance and microfinance recipients.
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Accountability Rare in Latin American Schools

Tuesday, July 24, 2007  |  Viewpoints Americas

Jeffrey Puryear, Vice President for Social Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue, and Laura Moodey, Director for Education Policy at Fundacion IDEA, emphasize the link between accountability and improving the region’s education quality. Accountability hinges on promoting standards, information, consequences, and authority. ... Read More

Immigrants Key to Future U.S. Economy

Wednesday, June 6, 2007  |  Jason Marczak  |  Viewpoints Americas

As the U.S. population ages and birth rates decline, immigrant labor will be one of the few sources for future labor growth, writes AS/COA Director of Policy, Jason Marczak. Across the Atlantic, foreign-born labor is also an important economic resource but integration policies stifle newcomers’ ability to contribute economically. ... Read More

New Index Links Development to Strong Institutions

Tuesday, May 8, 2007  |  Viewpoints America

Alberto Saracho Martinez, executive director of Fundación IDEA, uses the new Institutional Quality Index to show that economic growth and citizen well-being hinge on respect for basic freedoms. IDEA is one of 18 Latin American think tanks that came together to develop and recently launch the index. ... Read More